Mercedes F1 driver Bottas battling illness in Abu Dhabi


The six-time world champion, who grabbed his 88th pole position by topping qualifying for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, said: "I think that's the first compliment I've had from Ferrari in these 13 years".

"I feel fresh and ready to keep going - I wish I could keep going!" the world champion told Sky Sports F1.

Bottas finished.535 seconds ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and.634 ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

"There's a lot of youngsters coming through and, if you look at the grid, from second to seventh or eighth was all super youngsters", said Hamilton, who turns 35 in January.

"If I'm given the freedom to continue to manage the team in an entrepreneurial way like so far, and I have no doubt that they will, it's a place that is simply enjoyable from my side, and provides me with entrepreneurial opportunity".

"I tried to see if we can learn with this handsome vehicle, it is a piece of art". It is a team that I have always appreciated over the years.

FIA race director Michael Masi explained that a server crash was behind the 18-lap wait for DRS to be enabled during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"No it wouldn't have been a free-for-all and to be honest the exact impact of it I would rather not think about it but effectively the precautionary measure straightaway was to do a global disabling". "It's going to be hard, I'm not going to lie; but we'll try everything we can as a team and we'll see where we end up".

'He turned in on me and didn't leave any space, ' Bottas said.

"I've learned a huge amount thanks to Seb, it's been a great year a realisation of the dream since I was child to be with Ferrari and in Formula 1 and it's up to me to get better and give them the success they deserve".

"These guys have been doing a phenomenal job and I am looking forward to more close battles in the future".